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Advisory Regarding Recent Phone Scam

Wednesday, November 24,2021

The Bermuda Police Service Crime Unit and the 211 call centre, have recently been receiving numerous reports from seniors, who say they are being contacted via phone by an individual identifying themselves as a representative of One Communications Limited and requesting personal information.  Acting Detective Inspector, Clifford Roberts, of the Criminal Investigation Unit Specialist Investigations Crime Division, explained, “The senior is then asked to sign into their electronic device (laptop, iPad) allowing the caller access to conduct a supposed virus security check. Once the unsuspecting senior does so, the scammer is able to gain access to the victim’s personal information, including their banking information; eventually transferring monies from the victim’s bank account to an overseas account. In one instance, tens of thousands of dollars.”  Should you be contacted by someone claiming to be from One Communications suggesting your electronic device may have been compromised by a virus and they are calling to assist with the problem, you are advised to immediately end the conversation.  Do not provide your personal information. If possible, record the caller’s number and immediately report it to police by calling, 211 or make a report online.



Man Shot & Injured on Court Street: Investigation Underway

Sunday, November 21,2021

Shortly before midnight on Saturday 20th, November 2021, police responded to a report of gunshots heard in the area of Jamaican Grill on Court Street in Pembroke. Initial investigations revealed that a firearm had been discharged in the area and the scene was forensically processed. A short time later, a 30 year old man with a gunshot wound was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of his injuries, which are not considered to be life threatening. He was treated then later discharged. It is confirmed that the two incidents are connected. The Bermuda Police Service would like to encourage anyone who may have been in the Court Street area at the time of the incident, drove through the area with a dash camera between 11:30 pm Saturday and 12:30 am Sunday or anyone who may have information about this incident, to get in touch. Please contact Acting Inspector Jason Smith on 211 or 717-0864 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.



Operation Crux: Two Arrested Regarding Illegally Sold Pharmaceuticals

Saturday, November 20,2021

Police today conducted a joint operation dubbed, “Operation CRUX”. The exercise included members of the police Drugs Unit, Police Support Unit, and Pharmacy Inspectors attached to the Ministry of Health. Two persons have been arrested and a quantity of “APETAMIN”, in both liquid and tablet form was seized after police executed search warrants at two business places in the City of Hamilton. Several products containing CBD were also seized. APETAMIN contains Cyproheptadine, which is banned in several countries, and has numerous harmful side effects, including dizziness, tremors, blurred vision and liver failure. Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, of the Specialist Investigation Department stated “Cyproheptadine is listed in Schedule 3, and Part II of Schedule 4 of the Pharmacy and Poisons and Act 1979. It can only be sold or be kept for sale, by a licensed pharmacist. Business owners should make themselves very familiar with the contents of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act 1979, which is designed to protect the health and well-being of the public. They can also consult with the Pharmacy Inspector’s office, to ensure that their business operations are in compliance with the act. Mr. Joseph commended Detective Inspector (Ag), Nidol Barker and his Drug Unit, for their work in conjunction with the Pharmacy Inspectors, to prevent uncontrolled access to these items which pose a serious health risk to individuals. No further information on the investigation will be provided at this time.



Sixteenth Road Fatality for 2021: Albert Simmons

Tuesday, November 16,2021

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 64-year-old Albert Simmons – Bermuda’s 16th road fatality for 2021 – and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. Mr. Simmons, understood to be a Warwick resident, was seriously hurt when the motorcycle he was riding east along Middle Road, Southampton crashed into a wall near the junction with Lighthouse Road around 6pm Sunday, 14th November. The crash caused Mr. Simmons to be thrown from the motorcycle into Jew’s Bay. He was pulled from the water by members of the public who then began CPR until the arrival of EMTs, who continued performing CPR at the scene. However, despite these lifesaving efforts, which continued as Mr. Simmons was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, sadly the 64-year-old later succumbed to his injuries. A BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to help support Mr. Simmons’ family at this difficult time. The investigation continues regarding the circumstances of this latest fatal crash and the cooperation of those witnesses who have already come forward is greatly appreciated. Any other witnesses that have not yet come forward – or members of the public with relevant information – are encouraged to call Constable Garwin Phillips on 211 or e-mail gphillips2@bps.bm at the earliest opportunity.



Investigation Underway After Intruders Enter St. George's Home

Tuesday, November 16,2021

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Monday 15th November, 2021, police responded to reports of a disturbance at a residence on Queen Street in St. George. Upon arrival officers were informed an elderly female, who was home alone, was confronted by three males dressed in black and wearing facemasks. The suspects reportedly forced their way inside the premises and demanded cash and valuables. Upon hearing the commotion, neighbours came to the assistance of the elderly female. The suspects escaped east along nearby Chapel Lane. It is believed they left the area in a waiting car. Two of the suspects, one of whom wore white gloves, are described as slim built and approximately 6’ tall. The third suspect was said to be medium built and approximately 5’ 5” tall.  The elderly victim was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital after she complained of pain to her upper body. The suspects fled the scene empty handed. An investigation into this matter has now commenced and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, on 295-0011 or 211. You may also call 800-8477 the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number.



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